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Michael Waltrip Racing has fired crew member Lee Dodson after Dodson was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance-abuse policy.
Now in its fifth year of random drug testing, NASCAR suspends indefinitely anyone who fails a drug test. Before being reinstated, those suspended must meet with a substance-abuse professional and complete a recovery program based on the professional’s recommendation.
Dodson had joined MWR this year and had been working on the car of Clint Bowyer.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take a week off from points racing to reward its All-Star drivers. Saturday night will be the 29th running of the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Jeff Gordon is tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most Sprint All-Star Race wins by active drivers. Each driver has three wins. Johnson won the race last year
Zak Brown has turned down an offer to join the IndyCar Series, choosing instead to remain with the motorsports marketing company he founded.
Brown told The Associated Press on Tuesday he informed Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles of his decision not to take a job with IndyCar. He’ll instead relocate in July to England to continue the growth of his Zionsville, Ind.-based agency, Just Marketing International.
Takuma Sato is the man of the moment, on-track, in IndyCar. And as such, any door for a Formula One comeback is all but certainly closed for him.
Sato reflected Tuesday on his years in F1 when asked whether there was any “unfinished business” for him there. Despite being close to several deals when the Super Aguri team folded in 2008, there were no further starts for him after that happened.
“It was a really sad moment for everyone, for the sport and for the team and for the members, but it was an unfinished job in F1 for me. So I tried to come back in F1 for nearly two seasons,” said Sato.
Formula One must allow in-season testing to avoid the risk next year of tyres lasting only a handful of laps and races being cut short, according to Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.
Under fire for the quick-wearing 2013 compounds that led to a blizzard of pitstops in Spain on Monday (NZT), Hembery warned that a current testing ban made it harder for the Italian company to meet significant technical challenges coming in 2014.